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Rob Challinor felt he 'might die' during charity hammock marathon

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Media captionOne windy night Rob Challinor thought a tree was going to fall on him

A 15-year-old boy said he thought he "might die" during windy weather while he slept outdoors in a hammock for a year to raise money for charity.

Rob Challinor, from Exning, Suffolk, raised £1,760 for two charities that helped save his 16-year-old sister's life after she fell from a horse.

He completed his last night on Thursday in a friend's stable yard with about 20 people camping out to support him.

Rob had to brave weather including gales and temperatures as low as -16C.

"There was a 'maybe I should go back indoors because I might die' because it was really, really windy and I thought one of the trees was going to fall over," said Rob.

"I don't think my parents would have liked that very much."

Rob spent much of the year in his back garden with only a piece of tarpaulin and his dog Duke for protection.

'Fantastic feat'

After waking up from his landmark 365th night on Friday, the outdoor enthusiast said: "It has been quite comfortable. I probably won't go into bed tonight. I'll probably be camping out for a bit."

Rob raised money via a fundraising website for the emergency medical charity Magpas, whose volunteers helped save his sister by sedating her to stop her brain swelling after her fall.

Kelly-Anne cracked her skull when the horse she was riding fell on top of her in 2005.

The funds will also go to the Child Brain Injury Trust, of which Kelly-Anne is a patron.

Kelly-Anne, who last week received A*s, As and a B in her GCSEs, said: "[Rob's] been absolutely brilliant and it's quite unbelievable what he's done.

Image caption Rob and Kelly-Anne got the chance to meet Ray Mears (centre)

"There was quite a bit wrong but I'm absolutely fine now. The road to recovery has been fairly smooth so it's been great.

"It's been lovely having him out the house. It's been very quiet without him."

To thank him for his generosity, Magpas arranged for Rob to meet his hero and TV explorer Ray Mears in woodland in West Sussex, where he taught him bushcraft skills and how to make bows and arrows.

Mr Mears said: "What an amazing story, I have really enjoyed meeting Rob and his family. I feel extremely moved by his actions."

Another TV explorer Bear Grylls commended Rob for his fundraising, sending him a letter which said: "It is a fantastic feat and shows real resolve, commitment and determination - and you will have gained a wonderful insight into the natural world that few ever get to experience."

Dan Read, a volunteer paramedic for Magpas, said Rob's fundraising had "absolutely exceeded all expectations".

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